How to maintain clay pots

Clay pots, take care of it so that it will last you many years

The clay pots are beautiful. It is true that they have a somewhat higher price than the plastic ones, but they are so decorative that they enhance the beauty of any plant; I insist, from anyone. Whether they are cacti or flowers, palm trees or climbing plants, if they are in this type of container we can be sure that the room will look much better. But, How to make them last for many years?

The material with which they are made is quite resistant, but over time it can crack. To avoid it, I'm going to tell you how to maintain clay pots.

Clean it to make it look pretty

Over the years, the clay pots are coated with a white powder, which is certainly very decorative, but If what we are interested in is keeping them clean, what we will have to do is the following:

  1. First of all, we must remove the most superficial dirt with the help of a cleaning brush. A toothbrush that we no longer use can also help us.
  2. Then, in a bucket we add water and vinegar of 5º, in a proportion of a cup of vinegar for 3-4 of water during more or less an hour.
  3. Next, we will remove the pot from the bucket and, in case there is any stain, we will brush it again with soap and water.
  4. Finally, we will only have to leave it in the sun to dry.

Prevents cracking

Having it in the sun every day can crack it. To prevent this from happening what we can do is immerse it in cold water for 24 hours outdoors as soon as you buy it. With this simple trick, we will strengthen it. We will be able to do it for example once a year; this way we will make it last much longer.

Alternatively impregnate it with oil or virgin wax heated and diluted with turpentine in equal parts.

Protect your clay pots from inclement weather

I hope these tips are useful for your clay pots to last longer 🙂.

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